FALLING MAN – The Most Underrated Band In This Messed-Up World…

Old and new albums to make your day

9 June 2020

Belgian post-punk squad FALLING MAN is the most underrated band
in this messed-up world. FACT! Why I hear you ask? Here’s why…

1. It’s a spine-chilling and haunting post-punk force
2. No arty-farty shit, only kick-ass grooves & rollicking firework
3. They pump up your bloodstream when they hit the stage
3. With ‘Ghost’ they made one of the best albums of 2017
5. With ‘Candy’ they scored one of the best singles of 2019

Enough convincing reasons why you shouldn’t
lock down this turbulent turbo…

Stream/buy GHOST here…


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Get your CANDY here…

FALLING MAN: Facebook


On fire…

BANDCAMP Supports Indie Artists Today – Here Are 10 Ace Records To Purchase…

20 March 2020

Today Bandcamp supports musicians everywhere by waiving its revenue share and rallying the Bandcamp community to put much-needed money directly into the artists’ pockets. Hail hail Bandcamp!

Turn Up The Volume selected 10 standout records you should definitely consider to
buy. Awesome album that will boost your adrenalin in these troubled times.

Here we go…

‘Black City‘ by RICH GIRLS
Music for the midnight hours.
Companion for moony moments.


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‘Bejahung’ by ELEFANT
A synthtastic motherrocker. A schizophrenic
adventure. A crazed mindfucker.


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‘A Life Extinct’ by CROSS WIRES
Blistering post punk that tackles
the grim times we experience with
a biting potency.


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My War Is Your War‘ by DEUX FURIEUSES
A beseeching and vociferous call-up
for solidarity, unity, universal respect.


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‘Ghost’ by FALLING MAN
Manic anxiety. Haunting stories.
Red-hot riffs. Top stuff!


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‘Experiments In The Dark‘ EP by WHERE WE SLEEP
Mesmerizing electro grooves,
Fascinating and emotive.


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‘Run Amok‘ by THE GLÜCKS
Devilish garage havoc.
Smoking hullabaloo.


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‘I Like You But Not Like That’ by THE DARTS
Sultry, steamy, snappy, savage,
sensual, sweltering,sizzling.


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‘Zum Kotzen‘ by PINK ROOM
Twenty minutes of madness
Clamorous vomit. Punk rage.


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‘Crux’ by MECHANIMAL
Electro ‘drone n roll’and
atmospheric soundscapes.


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Bandcamp: Website

Best Concerts Of 2019 (Pt 2) – Here’s Mean Groove Machine FALLING MAN…

Turn Up The Volume looks back at his favourite concerts of 2019…

FALLING MAN – Charlatan, Ghent, Belgium – 12 April 2019

Here’s the original review

Turn Up The Volume featured Belgian turbine FALLING MAN many times before because this rock machine knows the kick-ass art of turning a shaking cocktail of spellbinding riffs, bad-tempered licks, hammering drums and a haunting vox into memorable crackers, on record and on stage. And they do it with a heated heart and a stirring soul because they care about their shit! Which can’t be said of many label controlled fakers out there.

Yesterday the flamboyant combo hit their and my hometown of Ghent to celebrate the release of their brand new 4-track EP, entitled CANDY. Another striking piece of messed-up crackerjacks. The record kicks off with the awesome title track – a painkiller that works instantly – followed by the manic anxiety of PANIC ATTACK NO. 22, then a raging ANGRY KID hits you hard in the face before the band closes with B&D, a sort of ‘I’m you, you are me‘ identity crisis that gets under your skin without asking permission.

Live up there, on the podium, these new killers sounded even more obstreperous, more stocky and more burly than on vinyl. Oh yeah, their sonic nightmares get an extra injection of adrenalin when performed live. That’s what great bands do. They gave you the best of both worlds. Conclusion: FALLING MAN, is one of those rare acts that never disappoints because basically, this is what these motherrockers do ALL the time…

They groove till you move
They rock till you shock
They roll till you toll
They sneer till you cheer
They spit till you split
They trash till you splash
They spree till you candy…

Stream/buy the full EP right here…


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Picture this


This is how a ghost looks like


Angry Kid


Mean machine


Hammering panic attack


Backstage

FALLING MAN: Facebook – Interview

(concert pics by Turn Up The Volume!)

 

Picture This…

FALLING MAN – De Casino, Sint-Niklaas, Belgium – 9 October 2019

The band that never disappoints
The band that never lets you down
The band that moves and grooves
And always delivers the spicy goods
As long as there’s candy to ease the pain…

Pics


Standing men


Angry blue kids


Ghost


Pedals Kaput


Mister Vega


All the grooves

More Candy right here…


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And latest excellent album ‘GHOST‘ here…


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FALLING MAN: Facebook

TURN UP THE VOLUME’S Eleven Knockout Tracks For APRIL 2019…

This past month’s best…

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Eleven Knockout Tracks on repeat this past month!
A tasty cocktail of rollicking rippers and first-rate cuts.
Here’s Turn Up The Volume‘s Knockout April Team!

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1. ‘Blah Blah Blah’ by MEMES (Glasgow, Scotland)
The spirit of The Fall’s debut EP Bingo-Master’s Break-Out!. Ramshackle racket!…

2. ‘Covered In Filth’ by THE MEDICINE DOLLS (Capetown, South Africa)
Raw rollicking rockabilly riffs with waggish bubblegum ooh-la-la’s. Filthy score!

3. ‘Don’t’ by MILLIONAIRE (Belgium)
An ominous funky smack fueled by a mighty disco stomp. Hell yeah!…

4. ‘Candy’ by FALLING MAN (Belgium)
An enigmatic painkiller for spooky midnight hours. It will keep you sane. Maybe…

5. ‘Stay Where You Stand’ by THE RINGARDS (London, UK)
Jangly guitars, ace pace, poppy synths and a scream/sing/hum along chorus. Top!

6. ‘The Way In’ by THE DREAM SYNDICATE (Los Angeles, CA, US)
Electrifying psych piece from the band’s new upcoming album ‘These Times

7. ‘Hey’ Gyp (Dig The Slowness) by THE RACONTEURS (US)
Jack White & buddies back with gloriously messy Donovan cover…

8. ‘6.30‘ by SUPER PARADISE (London,UK)
When blitzkrieg guitars, echoing vocals and flashy synths meet. A bang-up roller coaster!

9. ‘Who’s Been Having You Over’ by PETER DOHERTY & THE PUTA MADRES (UK)
Snappy garage stomper with sharp-edged guitar licks and Doherty‘s characteristic vox…

10. ‘Prozac Spaceman’ by FAUX CO. (Chicago, US)
This delightful humdinger will dance in your head for some time after one spin…

11. ‘Parabole’ by TURQUOISE (Bruxelles, Belgique)
Sensuous French vocals, glimmering guitars and New Order‘s blue dynamics. Magnifique!…

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Belgian Rockers FALLING MAN Groove Till You Move…

FALLING MAN – Charlatan, Ghent, Belgium – 12 April 2019

Turn Up The Volume featured Belgian turbine FALLING MAN many times before because this rock machine knows the kick-ass art of turning a shaking cocktail of spellbinding riffs, bad-tempered licks, hammering drums and a haunting vox into memorable crackers, on record and on stage. And they do it with a heated heart and a stirring soul because THEY CARE ABOUT THEIR SHIT! Which can’t be said of many label controlled fakers out there.

Yesterday the flamboyant combo hit their and my hometown of Ghent to celebrate the release of their brand new 4-track EP, entitled CANDY. Another striking piece of messed-up crackerjacks. The record kicks off with the awesome title track – a painkiller that works instantly – followed by the manic anxiety of PANIC ATTACK NO. 22, then a raging ANGRY KID hits you hard in the face before the band closes with B&D, a sort of ‘I’m you, you are me‘ identity crisis that gets under your skin without asking permission.

Live up there, on the podium, these new killers sounded even more obstreperous, more stocky and more burly than on vinyl. Oh yeah, their sonic nightmares get an extra injection of adrenalin when performed live. That’s what great bands do. They gave you the best of both worlds. Conclusion: FALLING MAN, is one of those rare acts that never disappoints because basically, this is what these motherrockers do ALL the time…

They groove till you move
They rock till you shock
They roll till you toll
They sneer till you cheer
They spit till you split
They trash till you splash
They spree till you candy…

Stream/buy the Full EP right here…


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Picture this


This is how a ghost looks like


Angry Kid


Mean machine


Hammering panic attack


Backstage

FALLING MAN: Facebook – Interview

(concert pics by Turn Up The Volume!)

Belgian Groovers FALLING MAN Keep You Sane And Kill Your Pain With ‘CANDY’…

Daily fuel to load your sonic batteries…

9 March 2019

After their arresting 2017 album Ghost Belgian groovers FALLING MAN return with
a 4-track EP, entitled CANDY. It’s the title track that keeps creeping around in Turn Up
The Volume
‘s restless mind. Its ominous groove, its threatening pace and its repetitive Krautrock beat promise you to keep you sane and kill your pain. I don’t think so! This foursome has a hidden agenda. They’re after your soul and they’ll do anything tasty as long as you surrender in the end. Don’t be afraid, check out why and how right here…

FALLING MAN: Facebook – Bandcamp


Taste/purchase the 4-track sweetness of CANDY on Bandcamp

(photo on top: Turn Up The Volume!)

TURN UP THE VOLUME’s 15 Knockout Live Performances Of 2018…

Turn Up The Volume saw about 150 acts playing live this past year. Here are the 15 Knockout Performances that made his body temperature going way up, made his adrenalin stream faster and had a lasting impact on his greedy ears & impressed eyes.

1. THE FLAMING LIPS – Melkweg, Amsterdam – 11 November – Review here

2. SLOWDIVE – Cactus Brugge Festival – 15 July – Review here

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3. IDLES – De Zwerver, Leffinge, Belgium – 2 November – Review here

4. JOHNNY MARR – Trix Club, Antwerp – 7 December – Review here

5. FONTAINES D.C. – Botanique, Brussels – 4 May – Review here

6. NOEL GALLAGHER – Vorst National, Brussels – 6 April

7. THE GLÜCKS – Ghent Fest – 19 July – Review here

8. RUMOURS – Cosa Nostra, Aalst – 21 April – Review here

9. JUJU – Kinky Star, Ghent – 18 February – Review here

10. PEUK – De Kleine Kunst, Ghent – 8 September – Review here

11. AUTOBAHN – Kinky Star, Ghent – 11 February – Review here

12. FALLING MAN – Ghent Fest – 14 July – Interview here

13. PERE UBU – 4 AD, Diksmuide – 1 June – Review here

14. TUBELIGHT – Charlatan, Ghent – 23 March – Review here

15. PINK ROOM – Kinky Star, Ghent – 3 March – Review here

(all pictures by Turn Up The Volume!)

10 Questions For Belgium’s Haunting Noise Groovers… FALLING MAN

Discover thrilling artists/bands in 10 questions

29 May 2018

FALLING MAN is a boisterous 4-headed groove machine turning the inflammable combination of intoxicating riffs, kick-ass licks, battering drums and a riveting vox into absorbing songs with a lasting impact. Slow/fast, loud/quiet, haunting/ecstatic. Different paces, different moods. But always sound-exploring and highly fascinating. Last year’s second album GHOST showed/shows a tight band at the peak of its rousing game. A captivating work of mixed emotions, gripping sentiments and electrical reflections about life’s daily struggle. A record for bluesy hearts & troubled souls. Enough reasons to learn more about this blustery quartet. But let’s start the sonic acquaintance with one of the highlights of the new LP. Here’s ‘Beach Blues’

Hello Falling Man,
Welcome at Turn Up The Volume!

1/ What’s the story behind the band’s name and the group’s sonic identity?
“Is there a story? Our guitarist Paul came up with the name after reading Don DeLillo’s novel ‘Falling Man’, written shortly after the 9/11-attacks. People often ask us whether the name of the band refers to the man falling down, like a contorted modern dancer, from one of the WTC-buildings. But it doesn’t. It’s a reference to a character in DeLillo’s book: a street performer in Manhattan who lets himself fall from the sky, over and over again. As to the sonic identity: we play sharp, angular and edgy guitar music, echoing sixty years of rock noise and pop music. It is often loud, harsh and ugly, it can be delicate and melodic,
it always has a groove going on.”

2/ Lou Reed said in his final interview back in 2013 that the bass is
a crucial instrument in pop, rock and classic music. I suppose you don’t
agree as FALLING MAN has no bass player. Why is that?

Falling Man has no bass player because there’s no need. Not more than five people
in 10 years time have told us they were missing a bass player during the live-shows.
A couple of bass players have asked us whether we needed one, because they were
keen on joining the band. But we never felt the need. Influenced by bands such as Jon Spencer Blues Explosion and also Dÿse – they use an octaver-pedal, which lowers the
guitar tone with an octave – we tried the set-up with 2 guitars and it worked right away. Both our guitarists Paulie and Lode both wanted to get rid of their bassplayer-history
and focus on the guitar. In fact, we both have a style of playing guitar that mixes
bass loops and guitar chords or noisy stuff. We also get deep bass-sounds out of
a foot-triggered sample unit.”


Six strings band

3/ Which song do you consider as the band’s signature track so far?
“The band has been through some changes recently; I think that the signature track
before the release of our second album – Ghost’ – was ‘Stripper’, a song that we don’t play any longer. Ever since vocalist Sander joined Falling Man, our sound has slightly changed, has become a little more ‘poppy’; someone once called it ‘industrial blues’ of ‘Ruhr Area Rock’. A song that fits that description perfectly, would be ‘Robot Kaput’, as it combines both the poppy aspect and Falling Man’s love for noise and tearing guitars.”

4/ Your new album is called ‘GHOST’. Who is he/she?
“No one in particular. It was Paul’s 10-year old daughter who came up with the name, and it kinda stuck. Throughout the recording process we noticed that many songs dealt with the theme of loss, people disappearing, leaving loved-ones behind. The ones who leave become ghosts or the ones who are left behind become a half the person they were. Hence, the name.”

5/ The LP’s artwork looks mystifying in accordance with its title.
Who or what inspired the image?

“It was Paul’s idea, coming from his great love for geometrical design and figures. The photographer is Kaat, guitarist Lode’s sister. Thing is that this picture almost never existed: we took it in October, and the sun almost did not cast any shadow. We took this picture in a parking garage; it’s Paul’s shadow, combined with a ventilation grid.”

6/ Any rituals before going on stage for a show?
“Not really. The drummers tend to get on everyone’s nerves while practicing rudiments
on any object he can find. There’s a lot of bantering too, taking pictures, laughter and
the occasional beer. Well, we try to keep stay focused on stage. When we first started
we played a drunk show once. It got the girls dancing, which was nice.”


Trying to make the girls dance

7/ Which movie would you pick to visualize FALLING MAN’s
music on a big screen while playing a concert?

“Well, actually: none.”

8/ If the band were an animal, which one would it be?
“A wolf, maybe? Or a hyena? Once we get the attention of the audience, we don’t let go. Or even cats? Cats do what they want, they’re unpredictable. And when they’re horny, they make noise. We are horny cats?”


Horny noisemakers

9/ If you could go back in time on which artist’s front
door would you knock and ask to have a selfie together?

Oscar Wilde, while writing ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’.
That could be fun.”


Gotcha!


10/ Next step for FALLING MAN?

“The idea is to keep on playing, cause that’s what it’s all about. We don’t plan, we play. There’s no outline, no direction, no strategy. Playing brings us to places we could never plan on going. It makes things happen.”


New frontman Sander

Thank you for the chat, guys.
May the road rise with FALLING MAN!

Stream/purchase GHOST right here…


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FALLING MAN: Website – Facebook – Bandcamp

(Concert photos by Turn Up The Volume! / Other two pics via FB – Falling Man)

SEVEN IN THE MIX – Weekend 5/6 December…

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Seven resounding tracks to start a 24/7 party with your neighbours this weekend…


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1/ ‘I Don’t Wanna Be Funny Anymore’ by LUCY DACUS
No need to be funny if you can generate this splendid ramshackle cracker – ace stroke!
Album: ‘No Burden’ – out February 26 via EggHunt Records
Home: Richmond, Virginia
LucyDcaus
Facebook – Twitter

2/ ‘Under Bright Neon Stars’ by THE FOREIGN RESORT
Epic post-punk electricity with glowing guitars all over the place – overwhelming intensity.
EP: ‘The American Dream’ – stream via Bandcamp
Home: Copenhagen, Denmark
ForeignResort
Facebook – Twitter

3/ ‘English Girls’ by ANIMAL HOUSE
They know something about English Girls and a lot about euphoric sing-along pop kicks.
Home: Brisbane, Australia
AnimalHouse
Facebook – Twitter – Tumblr

4/ ‘Santa Monica’ by TEENS IN TROUBLE
Sparkling ode by Lizzie Cueva’s band to the west L.A.’s city – nostalgic pop brilliance.
Home: San Francisco, California
TeensTrouble
Bandcamp – Facebook – Twitter

5/ ‘Wake’ by TRIPTIDES
Surf pop wave powered w/ sparkling guitars – psych spiced ‘feel better’ shimmer.
Album: ‘Azur’ – on iTunes
Home: Los Angeles, California
Triptides
Bandcamp – Bandcamp – Facebook – Twitter

6/ ‘Shine On’ by FALLING MAN
This nasty & electrifying noise groove will creep slowly in your head and stay there.
Work: brand new ‘Shine On’ – here on Bandcamp
Home: Ghent, Belgium
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Website – Facebook – Twitter

7/ ‘Morphine’ by NEW TROPICS
A fully charged rock stroke – best played with the volume turned up to the max – yeah!
Home: Chichester, UK
nEWtROPICS
Facebook – Twitter

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See/hear you next week, music junkies…